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10 new words for 10 (new?) sexual orientations

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10 new words for 10 (new?) sexual orientations

The rainbow flag holds more than just seven colors. Take the standard ones for instance: blue is not just blue, it comes in multiple shades: navy blue, cyan, baby blue… Sexual orientations are not so different; in time, new terminologies have come to describe one’s sexual preferences more accurately.

The LGBTQ (standing for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer) community hasn’t always had it easy in Lebanon. However, many now feel empowered enough to proudly adopt denominations that, they feel, identify them and their sexuality better.

Here is a selection of ten new terms:

  • Asexual

We’ve probably all taken this term in biology classes, simply meaning “having no sex or sexual system”.

  • Gray Asexuality or Gray A

Gray As fall between asexual and sexual. They do not identify as either since their sexual desires occur less than those of sexual people – neither black nor white, it is a gray area.

  • Demisexual

Demisexuality is a form of gray asexuality. Demi, which comes from the medieval Latin term dimidius, means half or partially. Consequently, a demisexual is someone who experiences sexual attraction after forming an emotional bond with someone.

  • Polysexual

Poly, originating from polus (Greek), means many or much of. You are probably familiar with the syllable as it is frequently used in sciences (i.e.: polyatomic). Thus, a polysexual is attracted to more than one gender, involving different sexualities.

  • Multisexual

Not to be confused with polysexuality, multi-sexuality is an umbrella term for those who are attracted to multiple sexualities.

  • Omni/Pansexual

Omni comes from the Latin word omnis, meaning “all”, similar to pan (originally from the word pas in Greek, meaning “all-inclusive”). An omnisexual or pansexual is not bound to any sexual preference, regardless of biological sex, gender or gender identity.

  • Genderqueer/Nonbinary

Contrary to how Google defines queer (strange; odd. Slightly ill), the term is assumed to be of Latin origin, quer, implicating perverseness, or contradicting the expected standards.  Accordingly, genderqueers do not conform to the traditional gender identities (male or female); they are neither, both, or a combination of the two genders.

  • Skoliosexual

Skolio is a Greek term that implies a bent or broken state. Contrary to common thought, this doesn’t mean that someone who is skoliosexual is a “broken person”; a skoliosexual is simply someone who bends towards those who identify as genderqueer.

  • Heteroflexible

Remember the different shades of colors? This is somewhat of that sort. Simply put, a heteroflexible is someone who’s considered bisexual but who is “mostly straight”. Basically, if you’re straight but would kiss someone of the same gender, you’re heteroflexible.

  1. Masexual/Femsexual

There’s not a lot of breaking down terms here, a masexual is anyone (of any gender) who is attracted to men or masculinity in general and a femsexual is the same towards feminity.

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